Donald McDonald, MM



Apr 21, 1885

Born at North Temiskaming Ontario


Oct 23, 1917

Medical performed at Haileybury Ontario as required by the Military Service Act of 1917


Jan 8, 1918

Drafted into the 2nd Depot Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment, at Ottawa Ontario under the Military Service Act of 1917 

Ø      Number 3320103

Ø      Next of kin given as James McDonald (father) of North Temiskaming Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Lumberman

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic


Feb 11, 1918

Embarked the SS Lapland at Halifax Nova Scotia



Feb 25, 1918

Disembarked at Glasgow Scotland and proceeded to the Seaford England Camp 

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Jun 10, 1918

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Jun 11, 1918

Arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jun 17, 1918

Left the CIBD and joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) at Aubin St Vaast


Jun 20, 1918

Pte McDonald joined the Rear Detail of the 21st Battalion at Bailleulval France.  The main part of the Battalion was in the Front Line in the Mercatel Section, near Neuville Vitasse


Aug 26, 1918

The Battalion carried out a major operation in the Telegraph Hill Sector and during the fighting near the Nova Scotia Trench, Pte McDonald was reported missing after that action.


Aug 28, 1918

After being separated from his unit for 2 days, he found his way back to the 21st Battalion lines and reported for duty, unwounded


Oct 12, 1918

Pte McDonald received shrapnel wounds to his right leg during the fighting on the Marcoing Line and admitted to the No 9 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance).  He was immediately transferred to the CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) 

Below is from the Battalion’s War Diary



Oct 13, 1918

Transferred to the 3rd Canadian General Hospital at Boulogne


Oct 17, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Pieter de Conninck


Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital in England


Oct 19, 1918

Admitted to the Military Hospital at Colchester


Jan 27, 1919

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital at Epsom


Feb 11, 1919

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #31173



Mar 10, 1919

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford 

Granted sick leave until March 20, 1919


Mar 20, 1919

Reported to the 6th Reserve Battalion for duty


Apr 5, 1919

Posted to MD 2 at Kinmel Park pending return to Canada


May 3, 1919

Embarked the RMS Royal George at Liverpool England



May 14, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Toronto Ontario


May 16, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Toronto Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 194895

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge North Temiskaming Ontario


Sep 19, 1921

His British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at North Temiskaming Ontario 

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